Pierre Chareau: Modern design at the jewish museum

If this autumn weekend finds you plaid-clad and craving Bloody Mary à la Babka French Toast, may I enthusiastically recommend Sunday at the Jewish Museum? In addition to the lure of Russ and Daughters kosher brunch, the corner of 92nd and 5th now houses Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, the first U.S. exhibition focused on French designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883–1950).

The show, on display through March 2017, serves as the final piece to the museum’s design trifecta including Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History (March 2016) and Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist (May 2016).

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), the exhibition explores Chareau’s Jewish identity and highlights his life as a prolific designer and art collector. On display is over 180 rarely-seen works featuring furniture, lighting fixtures, and interiors, as well as designs for the extraordinary Maison de Verre, the glass house completed in Paris in 1932.

Also examined is Chareau’s later work in New York, where, after fleeing Paris during German occupation in WWII, he set up shop and attempted to rebuild his career. Expanding his repertoire to include metal and glass, the designer landed commissions such as Robert Motherwell’s house in East Hampton, Long Island.

A standout in the exhibition is the virtual reality (VR) interiors. Four stations are set up around select pieces of furniture. Visitors perch on swiveling chairs and peer through VR glasses into a 360-degree view of those select pieces in their original settings. Digitally reconstructed by DS+R, the experience is fantastic, allowing a glimpse into the world of Chareau as his iconic works come alive (think an American virtually in Paris!). Entertaining for the entire family and absolute eye-candy for the design junkie. #PierreChareau

Download the gallery guide and kids guide for this exhibition.


Dig Drop-In / Children’s Exhibition

Sunday, November 13, 2016
12 – 3 pm

Kids discover a passion for ancient artifacts in the Museum’s simulated archaeological dig, open on the second Sunday of each month. (Ages 3 – 10)

Studio Art Session: Making Multiples

Sunday, November 13, 2016
1 – 4 pm

Create a variety of unique works on paper using stencils inspired by artwork in the exhibition Take Me (I’m Yours). (Ages 3 & up)

Programs free with museum admission.

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